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Neighborhood parks strengthen communities

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Believe it or not, even though video games seem to have taken over the lives of our children, many still participate in outdoor play. This region is blessed to have many parks, and not just parks but parks and playgrounds with multiple activity offerings that are continually getting better.

Even more offerings are on their way. Just two examples are a nature play area coming to Brandon Park and a Kids United Playground at Stevens Primary School that will be inclusive to youngsters of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, with poured rubber and accessible ramps for wheelchairs and other assisting devices.

Memorial Park, likewise, also will be getting new accessible playground equipment, with private donations being sought to augment a $200,000 grant from the Commonwealth Finance Authority and physical work of city staff for the project. We hope donors will step up and make it happen.

These improvements not only make for a better play experience for the community’s children, they also improve our overall quality of life. With proper upkeep and care, parks in every neighborhood contribute to strong, healthy communities where people want to live.

For our parks, we are very thankful.

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